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International donors pledge more than $300m for Somalia

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LONDON (AP) — International donors heeded warnings about the need for increased support for Somalia by pledging more than $300 million Tuesday toward bolstering security, justice, and financial institutions in the conflict-scarred east African nation.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and British Prime Minister David Cameron cohosted a one-day conference in London to bolster the beleaguered government in Mogadishu, the capital.

Mohamud called the level of support at the conference ‘‘very, very encouraging,’’ after stressing that there is a ‘‘huge amount’’ at stake in Somalia and asking for broader regional security.

‘‘We have been given a chance and we will prove in the eyes of the world that we will deliver,’’ he said. ‘‘We cannot afford to miss this golden opportunity and we hope the world’s support and commitment will be materialized soon.’’

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